The photo above is taken by Craig Wilson, FPC Courier Newspapers, which has won second place the Best of Photojournalism 2006 Team Sports Action.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
A little bit after I graduated, I flew back to Thailand for a great job offer at one of the best newspapers in the country. I hope to be able to not only write, but also photograph so I had spent a lot of time hanging with photographers. A few months after, realizing photography and photographers' status among Thai media aren't very well respected. Some pathetic colleagues call our devoted newspaper photographers as second class citizen in the newsroom. Aside from under-paid career photographers face today, sadly, among Thai media itself doesn't value training and the importance role of their own photographers. I can say that, I have been there, trying to photograph for my own writings. You wish among all of those who disrespect photographers should not be those who work in the industry, but sadly, that is how it is. Talking to various media photographers from different publications makes me realize one thing: as far as photojournalism goes--we are far behind others. Attitude is very important, and we definitely cannot disrespect our own people. Without photos, I'm not so sure if newspaper business will survive. I will blog more about this subject later to give you an inside of why I can grow faster and better educate myself in the US.